Access Space is the UK's longest running and most sustainable free, open digital arts lab.

At Access Space, people interested in art, design, computers, recycling, music, electronics, photography and meet more like-minded people, share and develop skills and work on creative, enterprising and technical projects.

We operate at a very low cost with a minimal carbon footprint, because we recycle donated computers and use free, open source software. We run drop-in activities and workshops, exhibitions and arts events and have opportunities for volunteering. We also run the Refab Space fabrication facility and an ethical web design service.

Read more about our ethos...

PixelAche Network at Access Space 3/4/5 April

Pixelache is an international network of cultural organisations engaging with art, technology and social change.

In 2015 Access Space will be hosting the UK's first “PixelAche” festival. In preparation for this, we've invited representatives from some other Pixelache nodes to visit us.

From 3rd-5th April we're hosting artists, curators and cultural animateurs from Finland, France, Iceland and Norway.

More info all events are free

Open Platform 5 performance event on the 4th of April

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. is a micro event that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital.

In a small, intimate space performers take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.

'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances are a creative, playful strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world.

OPEN PLATFORM_4/RAP(s)-TwT.hashbangbinbash -x will feature performances by Richard Bolam, Liz Hall, Jake Harries, Susanne Palzer and James Price. We are keen to see some script run but anything goes as long as it is about or related to digital technology.

Access Space Foyer 6.30pm-8.00pm

Access Space closed for workshop this Sat 1st March

PLEASE NOTE: we're closed to the public for the Pure Data Weekend Workshop with Marco Donnarumma, but open again as usual at 11am on Tuesday!

Pure Data workshop with Marco Donnarumma

Pure Data Weekend Workshop with Marco Donnarumma

Saturday 1st March and Sunday 2nd March 2014

A full two day workshop with performer, sound and new media artist Marco Donnarumma, which will take you all the way from an introduction to hands on use of the software with external data input from sensors.

Pure Data is a free real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, graphical processing and physical computing. Pure Data is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.) originally developed by Miller Puckette and company at IRCAM. Pd is a free and multi-platform software. The course provides a theoretical and practical overview of the graphical programming environment and most common idioms.

The two day workshop costs £30.00 per person (to cover equipment costs). Lunch is not included, however tea, coffe and biscuits will be avilable free all day.

Times: on Sat 1st and Sunday 2nd March the workshop will start at 11am and finish around 5pm

Ticket available here:

Sponsor a Day

Keep Access Space free and open

Access Space is a pretty lean and efficient organisation. Our technology is donated by members of the public and local businesses. But …

We still need to pay our bills and we want to be able to run exciting events and workshops that will be an inspiration to our community. You can help us. Pick a day and an amount on the Sponsor a Day calendar and you will be helping to keep Access Space free and open for all.

Access Space & Refab Space at The Gallery at 35 Chapel Walk 5th to 8th of February

We'll be at The Gallery, 35 Chapel Walk (off Fargate) Sheffield

Open 10.30am - 5.30pm from Wed 5th though to Sat 8th Feb

Access Space are reaching out to Sheffield. For a week we'll be welcoming visitors to the Chapel Walk Gallery, showing people some of our participants creative output.

The exhibits include more than ninety artworks, designs, and commercialised products made by Sheffield people – many of which have been produced with digital technologies. As well, the gallery will be hosting workshops and discussions. This is an opportunity for the public to engage with new art, new ideas, new technologies and new ways of financing creative projects.

There will be a lot of other activity there throughout the week, all of it free and there's no need to book. Highlights include:

* On Wednesday 5th between 1pm and 3pm we will be showing how to build computers and how to extend the life of your Windows PC by installing ethical open source software. Come and talk to us about how easy it is to make the move to a Linux computer – the operating system and all the applications are free and you get free updates forever!

* Thursday 6th sees a demonstration of 3D Printing and a presentation about laser cutter, CNC routing and Refab Space (our DIY Fabrication Laboratory and Hackspace) by our resident technology guru and hardware hacker, John Moseley. Perhaps you have an idea for an enterprise start up which makes use of these tools? Come and talk to us! 1pm-3pm

* On Friday 7th between 1pm-2pm James Wallbank will give a free workshop about crowd funding and the possibilities of successfully raising money for your project or enterprise through Kickstarter. Last year, in his spare time, James launched his first crowdfunded project, which attracted more than £10,000 of backing.

* We'd like to invite you to a tea party between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 8th, so please come down and bring some friends!

* Saturday also sees performer Paul Newman (not the pasta sauce person!) in the the gallery all day, engaging people with what he calls “Life Gamification” – making your life better by having fun!

It's going to be a great week. See you there!

Workshop Saturday 18th Jan - closed to the public all day

We're hosting a Livecoding workshop all day this Saturday and we'll be closed to the public.

However, there is an event at 7pm that evening upstairs at the Rutland Arms (opposite Access Space) and you are all invited.

It's called PubCode, a liveCoding event in a pub, no less. We're really looking forward to it. Come and join us : )

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